Bioware has brought me to the edge of my seat in anticipation for Dragon Age Inquisition. The first game in the series left me wanting following my 86-hour journey in this rich and vibrant universe. With the second installation, Bioware received the poorest reviews they’ve yet had for a game, though an aggregate score of 82 on Metacritic is nothing to be ashamed of and Dragon Age 2 certainly did have its merits. Though the gaming world has come to expect great things from the company that brought us Baldur’s Gate, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect series. Therefore I remain optimistic for the success of the final instalment, Dragon Age 3. This optimism stems from a number of reasons, though predominantly following an examination of the latest companions that Bioware have conjured up for us. The individuals that accompanied your journey in Dragon Age: Origins were one of the leading aspects of the game as were graced by their presence, their wit, their cynicism and in some cases their love. Let’s take a look at the new companions that we are likely to spend many hours with in the future, focusing on the ones I thought appeared most interesting.
First up is Blackwall: a Grey Warden Constable. With his gaunt face and thick black beard the man appears to be the token Rasputin character of the game (is there such a thing?). He is described as a devoted follower of his creed, a man who underwent the Joining voluntarily, which is a process that determines your eligibility to enter the league of the Grey Wardens, a process that can lead to death. He is classed as a warrior and I’m sure he’ll be a helpful companion in battles to come. Additionally we are told he likes dogs…take from that what you will.
Up Next we have Cassandra Pentaghast: a Nevarran Seeker, the famed Hero of Orlais and the Right Hand of the Divine. Cassandra is a character who has appeared previously in Dragon Age 2 and the star of the film Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker. She is also a warrior and an avid hater of mages, tough for those of you that play as one. Anger management issues are an apparent personality trait.
Thirdly we have Cole: a Spirit and the Ghost of the White Sphere. The character is described as some form of human that lingers between the realms of the real world and the Fade. Thought by some to be a demon in disguise this character will surely help the player on their journey with his unprecedented degree of skills, including the ability to detect sickness, which he uses to comfort those afflicted. I anxiously await his impacts upon the campaign.
Finally let’s look at Vivienne: an Orlesian mage and Enchanter to the Imperial Court. Personally, throughout the games I had as many mages as possible accompany me on my journey and on the battlefield in order to witness the flurry of magic that would leave their staffs. Having transformed her position under the Empress Celene from a meagre court jester to an advisor, one understands that this character will demonstrate an abundance of initiative as she travels with the Inquisitor.
Additionally the game features a dwarf, two elves, a man and a Qunari named Iron Bull as potential companions, all of who I look forward to many lengthy discussions with next to our bonfires. Dragon Age Inquistion’s release date is November 18th, 2014, which remains too far away.